New Delhi: According to Skyscanner a travel search site Greece has officially become the fastest growing destination for Indians surpassing even Brazil. They came to this conclusion by comparing flight search data for 2013 over the corresponding period last year and as a result Greece has emerged as the fastest growing outbound destination in 2013 for Indian Travelers.
The Greek Islands are being chosen not just for summer holidays but also for destination weddings taking advantage of the great sunny climate and competitive pricing. Historically the US remained the top place for Indian families to Holiday during the 2013 travel year said the report.
The report went on to say “The Greek Islands are the ‘destination of the future’ for Indian travelers in 2014″ I can only imagine when Bollywood sets their sites on Greece.
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Greece pumping up for an amazing Tourist Season
Greece and her Islands are poised to have a banner tourism season in 2014
This has been called the turn around year by many for Greece that depends so desperately on it’s tourism industry. Publication after publication from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal have been shedding Greece in a positive light after abominable coverage over the last 5 years or so. Greece undoubtedly has gone through its very own Great Depression and is overcoming it with each passing month.
In a recent Huffington Post article the following was stated:
According to Greek Minister of Tourism Olga Kefalogianni, 2013 has proven to be a “comeback year” for Greece. “We’ve been welcoming millions of people to our country,” she says; tourism amounts to “almost 18 percent of Greece’s GDP…
The road has been tough, the price paid has been extraordinary, but the dividends will be great for the Greek Islands. We look forward to Greece continuing her recovery and steadily racing towards becoming the premier travel destination of her hemisphere!
Mykonos the party capital of the Greek Islands always offers a visitor the time of their life. The island is full of nightclub options, beaches for both nude and prude and a cosmopolitan vibe not rivaled by any other European destination.
Aristotle Onassis and the jet set crowd brought glamor to Mykonos in the 1960s, when a burgeoning gay scene had given the island a hedonistic reputation. Since then the island has never skipped a beat. What are you waiting for, Experience Mykonos Now.
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Taking a ride on the Athens Metro will surely make you feel like you are taking a ride back to Ancient Greece. It is almost as if you do not have to visit a museum in Athens to get a flavor of the Ancient world. Train stations along the Athens Metro line give you sneak peaks of how Athens once was millenniums ago.
Visit Greece suggests that you can start your journey back to the Ancient world in the Syntagma Station (blue line) where you will get a taste of the stratigraphy of Athens that covers the period from the early 5th century B.C. till the Ottoman times.
Other great stations to visit while in Athens are as follows:
where a huge photograph of an underground tunnel full of pottery fragments will give you a picture of the archaeological treasures found during the metro underground digging works.
You will be treated to the remains of the oldest bridge found in Attica, dating far back as the 5th and 6th centuries B.C.
At this station you will discover ancient objects of everyday use, such as pottery and lamps, as well as offerings which were placed by the dead on their final journey. In addition, you can visit the remaining parts of the sacred path of Iera Odos and of a nearby cemetery.
Walking along the metro platforms you will be surprised by the replicas of the Parthenon frieze created by the ancient sculptor Pheidias.
For the full article provided by Visit Greece, please go here
The Hellenic Initiative otherwise Known as THI, has launched OneGreece.org an international fundraising and awareness campaign. The campaigns objective is to mobilize support for the people of Greece. OneGreece aspires to all together build a stronger future for Greece. Click here to watch the OneGREECE Video
Currently Greece is a state of economic depression and THI with its OneGreece Campaign is off to the races making a difference. THI’s Inaugural Banquet with Bill Clinton as guest of honor on October 3 brought together 600 guests from all over the world to raising closer to $2 million USD to fund their nonprofit partners in Greece.
The Hellenic Initiative (THI) is a global, nonprofit, secular institution whose vision is to mobilize the Greek diaspora and philhellene community to invest in the future of Greece through programs focused on crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development. Click here for more information on THI
Greek Depression by the numbers:
•GDP has declined 30%, as more than 90,000 small- and mid-sized businesses have closed down
•Public sector wages and pension payments have been slashed by more than 40%
•Unemployment has reached 27.9% overall and is nearly 65% among young adults
•Nearly 40% of Greek workers and more than half of the long-term unemployed lack health insurance
•More than 120,000 young professionals and scientists have left for opportunities abroad
•30% of children live in poverty
*Source: Greek and international media. Statistics as of September 2013
As Pericles said “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is woven into the lives of others” Donate to THI Today and spread the word around the world now!
Things are surely changing for Greece after over 5 years of depression like conditions as the respected Ekathimerni Newspaper published that Greece ranked among top 10 world’s most hospitable destinations.
This fact comes from the recent survey conducted by Hotels.com on 27,000 global travelers. The ranking places Greece alongside the US, Spain, Japan, Thailand, Italy, Mexico, Germany, Britain and Australia,
For More on the Ekathimerni Article click here
Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani the emir of Qatar has paid 8.5m Euros for Ionian retreats for family
Located in the Ioanian sea of Greece, The Greek Islands are known as the Echinades, were first spotted by the Emir when he moored his super-yacht in the turquoise waters off Ithaca, and liked what he saw. That was four summers ago and finally after 18 months of red tape he secured these jewels of Greece for a mere 8.5 million euros. According to the Guardian newspaper, “When the royal eventually got off the yacht, he inquired about the pine-covered chain as he strolled about Ithaca in sandals and shorts.”
The article went on to say after initial talks for the Emir to invest 5 million euros in Greece 3 years ago came to a halt after classical Greek political delays. Last month however, the Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras, rekindled interest for Greek real estate investement when Qatar signed up to take part in an international tender to develop Athens’ former international airport at Elliniko, one of the most sought after slices of real estate in Europe. Click here to read the full article as appeared in the Guardian
According to Skift.com the projections for visitors to the Greek Islands this tourist season are quite impressive. The report published on June 26, said the following:
“After three lean years marked by riots, strikes, social upheaval and political unrest, 17 million or so holidaymakers – 1.5 times the country’s population and an all-time record — are about to visit, according to officials.
The arrivals have never mattered more. Tourism accounts for almost 20% of GDP – and jobs. With recession-hit Greeks also struggling with a record level of unemployment, which has reached nearly 28%, the highest in the eurozone, industry earnings this year may well be the only income for many.”
This is great news for the Greek Islands and the Greek Economy as a whole. Tourism is one of the main engines for Greece and could easily lift the country out of their depression should the numbers continue to to rise. The report went on to say:
“It’s not just westerners who are fueling this tourism boom. Seated in his air-conditioned Athens office, Andreas Andreadis, who heads the association of Greek tourism enterprises, SETE, says much of Greece’s new traffic arises from the lifting of visa restrictions in long-haul emerging markets such as China, Turkey and Russia. Russian arrivals at regional airports alone have shot up by 230% this year.”
Keep up the good work Greece, its only a matter of time before the Greek Islands lift Greece to being the premier tourism destination of the world. Celebrities from around the world have chosen Greek Islands as their vacation spot since the 1960′s and this pace Greece may soon rival destinations like New York City or Disneyland in the coming decade.
As posted on the Visit Greece website, Greece has a great tradition in health and well being practices. In ancient Greece the medical approach viewed the human as an indivisible whole, comprising of the soul, mind and body. Therefore the focus has always been a pursuit of a state of balance and good relations between the emotional world and the person’s natural state.
Greek medical tradition has always been based on mild forms of therapy in Healing spas, always a balanced diet. Herbal therapies, comprising of hypnotherapy, relaxing massage are just some of the ancient Greek Secrets that have survived from antiquity up to the present day in Greece. To read more about Ancient Greek Health Secrets visit here.
The Kardashians chose the Greek islands for their recent vacation getaway most recently as many other celebrities have been doing once again. The stabilization of the Greek Economy is making the Greek Islands most inviting once again.
Celeb Buzz recently reported that “The famous family is making their Greek home away from home on the island of Mykonos at the Mykonos Retreat Villas — that cost upwards of $40,000 a week! “ Kim Kardashian had honeymooned in Greece with her then husband Kris Humphries.
To plan your own Mykonos Villa Vacation visit the Mykonos Experience Villas.
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